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Lift-off of ExoMars mission to find life on Red Planet

  1. Mar 14, 2016 #1

    A Proton-M rocket carrying the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome.

    • to search for possible biosignatures of Martian life, past or present.
    • to characterize the water and geochemical distribution as a function of depth in the shallow subsurface.
    • to study the surface environment and identify hazards to future manned missions to Mars.
    • to investigate the planet's subsurface and deep interior to better understand the evolution and habitability of Mars.
    • achieve incremental steps ultimately culminating in a sample return flight.
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  3. Mar 14, 2016 #2
    Is this the first mission ever to attempt to detect evidence of microscopic life on Mars?
  4. Mar 15, 2016 #3
    And what are the betting odds that this mission will discover any microbial life on Mars?
  5. Mar 15, 2016 #4


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    Every mission to Mars hopes to find some signs of life.

    The orbiter can find many interesting things, but I don't think any possible measurement would be an unambiguous proof of life on Mars, even if there is life. It could tell us where to look, however.
  6. Mar 22, 2016 #5
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